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When you are in a slump/losing streak how do you change things up?

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Posted: July 30, 2013, 8:43 am - IP Logged

Hello,

Lately I've been feeling like I've been in a losing steak/slump.  Though I've cut down on my lottery playing for the past 6 months, I can't seem to win anything.  When I buy scratch tickets I tend to buy one 2 or 5 dollar scratch ticket and scratch it in the store and if I win nothing will buy one more and leave and that will be it. I still buy one MM and PB ticket (though not everyweek) along with Mass Cash Tickets every now and then. The most I ever won in the last few months is a couple of 2 dollars on 2 dollar scratch tickets.  What's been good about playing less all these months is that I haven't felt as bad with the losses I've had as I had previously when I was playing more. What scares me is how difficult it seems to be to win anything in my state of Mass. I'm not sure where the figures of Mass. giving out more of a percentage to their winners because I've never seen it. Even on Mass Cash which is drawn from a pool of 35 numbers and you have to pick 5 numbers to win 100,000 the most I ever won was 10 dollars by getting 3 numbers correct. Whenever I tell myself to just take a drive on a weekend and go to a different town I usually chicken out because of the cost of gas prices and still tend to play locally. There are many different places I go to in my town and have gone to a couple of towns away. When I get into the city or visit friends will play in their towns but also with no luck. I can go weeks without playing scratch tickets but would like to win something. I'm just wondering what other people are doing? Do you stop playing at certain places if you continue not to win? Do you think that even though you haven't won in a certain place that someday you will win at that place?

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    Posted: July 30, 2013, 9:43 am - IP Logged

    I've tried different places and it does'nt work. I'll just keep wearing the big L until i hit. 

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      Posted: July 30, 2013, 10:22 am - IP Logged

      Just walk away for awhile, sometimes you just have to leave it alone until your head clears.

      Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

      For a lead role in a cage?

       

                                                  From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"


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        Posted: July 30, 2013, 10:33 am - IP Logged

        sAVE aLL U R mONEY. aFTER 6 wEEKS U wILL FeeL Like A Lottery wINNER. 

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          Posted: July 30, 2013, 10:39 am - IP Logged

          sAVE aLL U R mONEY. aFTER 6 wEEKS U wILL FeeL Like A Lottery wINNER. 

          LOL, That will work also.Cheers

          Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

          For a lead role in a cage?

           

                                                      From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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            Posted: July 30, 2013, 11:01 am - IP Logged

            I stop playing until I feel it again, depends on when that might be.  Could be one

            week, could be six weeks. 

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              Posted: July 30, 2013, 11:03 am - IP Logged

              Hello,

              Lately I've been feeling like I've been in a losing steak/slump.  Though I've cut down on my lottery playing for the past 6 months, I can't seem to win anything.  When I buy scratch tickets I tend to buy one 2 or 5 dollar scratch ticket and scratch it in the store and if I win nothing will buy one more and leave and that will be it. I still buy one MM and PB ticket (though not everyweek) along with Mass Cash Tickets every now and then. The most I ever won in the last few months is a couple of 2 dollars on 2 dollar scratch tickets.  What's been good about playing less all these months is that I haven't felt as bad with the losses I've had as I had previously when I was playing more. What scares me is how difficult it seems to be to win anything in my state of Mass. I'm not sure where the figures of Mass. giving out more of a percentage to their winners because I've never seen it. Even on Mass Cash which is drawn from a pool of 35 numbers and you have to pick 5 numbers to win 100,000 the most I ever won was 10 dollars by getting 3 numbers correct. Whenever I tell myself to just take a drive on a weekend and go to a different town I usually chicken out because of the cost of gas prices and still tend to play locally. There are many different places I go to in my town and have gone to a couple of towns away. When I get into the city or visit friends will play in their towns but also with no luck. I can go weeks without playing scratch tickets but would like to win something. I'm just wondering what other people are doing? Do you stop playing at certain places if you continue not to win? Do you think that even though you haven't won in a certain place that someday you will win at that place?

              Have you ever measured your results, how well or how poorly you are doing?

              Experienced gamblers keep track of their wins and losses, not just for their gaming skills, but also for taxes.(if it comes into play) It might be eye opening to you if you check how you are actually doing versus how you are supposed to be doing based on the odds of the game.

              For instance, if you played one line of MM once a week (every other draw) for 6 months, then it is likely you will not have won anything! (less then 50% probability) If you do this for a year, you might get 1 or 2 small hits and about 3-4% of your money back. Is there anything you can do about it, besides playing and spending more? I don't really believe in that, but I don't begrudge anyone for trying.

              For Scratch games, that's a different situation than the randomness of online/draw games. There are certain strategies that can improve your results. Main thing is to realize that, unlike draw games,  you are competing with other players for a fixed set of prizes. Some stores you may do poorly, worse than the odds, if there are a lot of players chasing wins there and you only buy 1 or 2 tickets. You might want to try a different strategy.


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                Posted: July 30, 2013, 11:05 am - IP Logged

                Take a break. Take all your lotto money. Get a massage. Take a zumba class..go to dentist get a cleaning.  Surf facebook.  Rekindle with prom date. Make love all nite long


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                  Posted: July 30, 2013, 11:12 am - IP Logged

                  Take a break. Take all your lotto money. Get a massage. Take a zumba class..go to dentist get a cleaning.  Surf facebook.  Rekindle with prom date. Make love all nite long

                  "Get your teeth cleaned"........ Thats the best advice you've given so far   cash4ninja Thumbs Up

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                    Posted: July 30, 2013, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

                    I have on occasions abandoned  the tactics l have used and tried something new, like having the qp generator from lottery post pick my numbers- l  have also either lowered my bets on one particular game and put it elsewhere. If my returns on the multi State lottery is not yielding any wins- l will look at our local fantasy5 game which has better odds and enough " walking around money" should l win to attack the Multi State games once again.
                    For some reason, the pick 3/4 do not get my adrenaline going, but that's just me.

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                      Posted: July 30, 2013, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

                      "Get your teeth cleaned"........ Thats the best advice you've given so far   cash4ninja Thumbs Up

                      I Agree! ... with the toothbrush.

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                        Posted: July 30, 2013, 12:52 pm - IP Logged

                        Just take a little time out and read the odds posted on the back of the play slips or on the the lottery websites.  The game wasn't designed for you to regularly win, you are suppose to lose unless you get lucky.  Besides, it's not about winning it's about having fun.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: July 30, 2013, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

                          I like to switch it up a little so I have a couple of stores that I frequent.

                          I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                            Posted: July 30, 2013, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

                            If you absolutely have to win something then play the Numbers game (First 3, Any order) and you will win more often than on scratch tickets and the big games (PB, MM, MB, MC, L4L). The problem with this is you have to fill a whole lot of slips and the payout is rather small. If you don't believe me try the predictions board for a week and see for yourself. Its free Naughty

                            That money's gone fo ever

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                              don't stop playing No Nod